Programs

During Wonderscope’s closure, we will live stream our daily programs! Join us on Facebook Tuesday through Friday at 10:30am and 2:00pm.

On Thursdays, our programming will feature University of Kansas Occupational Therapy students live streaming special sensory-focused activities at 10:30am, each week exploring a different sense. Thursday, May 28, will feature the sense of smell. Click here for the activity sheet. Click here for an informative sensory processing handout. 

We also have a YouTube playlist with short videos of activities you can do at home.

 

CIRCLE TIME: Tuesdays 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Structured active play is one of the most important ways that young children learn, and Circle Time offers countless opportunities for engaging even the youngest of learners! MUSIC & MOVEMENT: Wednesdays 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Did you know that Music & Movement has great brain building benefits for children of all ages? Our Music & Movement class engages both hemispheres of the brain, helping children develop systematically along five domains: speech/language; fine and gross motor skills; cognition; social skills; and body awareness. Come sing, dance and play with us! ART TIME: Thursdays 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. It is no secret that kids love art! Did you know that participating in art can have an enormous impact on your child’s growth and development? When children are exposed to any artistic activity the brain is stimulated from sounds, movements, colors and sizes; neural connections increase and the brain is exercised and strengthened!  STORY TIME: Fridays 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Story Time is one of the richest learning experiences for young learners. Did you know reading books out loud to your child helps develop their reading skills long before they are able to read? Join us for a read-aloud, then stick around to enjoy a creative arts activity after each story to help reinforce learning and boost memory skills through art, dramatic play, theater or puppetry! All Daily Programs are FREE with your membership or general admission. Class sizes are limited to ensure maximum learning and require sign up at the front desk on the day of your visit. CLICK HERE for even more information about Wonderscope’s Daily Programs. 

SENSATIONAL PLAYGROUPS:  Wonderscope, in partnership with the University of Kansas Medical Center occupational therapy (OT) program, offers sensory playgroups. Research shows that inclusive sensory-based activities provide children and families the opportunity to better understand their individual sensory preferences and how they influence their interactions with others and the world around them. Wonderscope’s Sensational Playgroups are planned and led and by OT students as part of the community service-learning opportunity in their curriculum. Registration is not required and the playgroup is in included with museum admission.

Play With Me! 


A new brain-building program for babies 6-16 months old. (To ensure an optimal learning experience for all participants, only children within this age range may attend.)

 

Play is one of a baby’s favorite things – and it’s one of the best things for a baby’s developing mind. A baby’s brain is filled with billions of neurons waiting to be connected through attachment based play. That’s why Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City designed a unique baby play group called Play with Me!

Play with Me! is a highly interactive experience, with an emphasis on mindful, empathic parenting and optimizing your baby’s development through your relationship. Participants will find new and supportive friendships with other caregivers, discuss weekly topics, and learn songs and play activities designed to build baby’s brain!

Play with Me! is led by Wonderscope’s Director of Programs Amy Nelson. Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist, and has nearly 10 years of experience working in the field of early childhood.

Let’s get ready for Kindergarten! Wonderscope’s Road to Readiness program is designed to help children grow skills in important developmental areas. Best of all, it’s FREE with regular museum admission or membership! Want to get started?

  • Stop at the front desk to get a Road to Readiness workbook.
  • Complete missions throughout the museum. Work at your own pace and leave your book with us at the front desk for your next visit. 
  • Get ready for a graduation ceremony to receive a backpack full of surprises and a diploma!

CLICK HERE for a downloadable flyer to share with your friends!